I shall remain strong voice for Ndigbo, LP Candidate, Aguocha vows
*As Nnamdi Kanu’s family attest to conformity of his person, candidacy
The Labour Party Candidate for Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency of Abia State has restated his commitment to remain a strong voice in the advocacy of not only the interest of the people of Ikwuano/Umuahia but the Igbo nation in general when elected to the National Assembly in the upcoming 2023 general election.
Chief Obi Aguocha who is the immediate past President-General of Ohuhu Welfare Union, in Umuahia North LGA stated this during a courtesy visit to the palace of His Royal Majesty, late Eze Israel O. Kanu, the father of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Famousreporters.com reports that Chief Aguocha who also holds the traditional titles of Udo Ji Agu-Ohuhu and Ogwumabiri Umuahia, upon arrival at the palace of the late King, observed a minutes silence in honour of the late King and his Queen and for all those who died during “the senseless invasion of Kanu’s family home” on September 14, 2017; and prayed God to grant their souls eternal rest.
Addressing a cross section of people from the Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency at the occassion, Aguocha who is the foremost candidate in the race for the green chambers in the 2023 elections expressed deep gratitude to the Kanu dynasty and the entire Afaraukwu Community for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage at the palace by the leadership and pledged his unflinching commitment to serve not only Ikwuano/Umuahia but also to be an outstanding voice for Ndigbo at the Green Chambers, in keeping with the commitment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s ideals of equity, justice and fairness for Ndigbo and humanity in general.fr
He extolled the sacrifices of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbo nation and declared that in whatever way God leads us, because it’s only God who gives power, we need one person from among us who will speak truth to power and condemn the marginalization and victimization being meted out to the Igbo nation and it is this sefless and sacrificial role that the scion of the family, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has assumed. Chief Aguocha vowed that he had committed himself to the same role and to drive the same course. He declared, “I will not deny Nnamdi Kanu, I will not deny the course of Ndigbo.”
If some feel that we may come to a point where we should deny ourselves to remain relevant, then count me out; “I am not beholding to anyone; I have never abused public trust nor stolen public funds so that I could perhaps be constrained from defending the course of Ndi Igbo neither would I be sleep induced when called upon to speak in defence of justice and equity for our people.”
On the continued unlawful detention of the leader of IPOB, Chief Aguocha called on the Federal government of Nigeria, to adhere to the Court’s judgement which discharged and acquitted Kanu unconditionally.
He also expressed his grievance over the protracted injustice meted against Ikwuano LGA by her Umuahia counterparts and vowed to reddress the situation by sponsoring a bill to split Ikwuano into two distinct local governments, and also for the creation of a separate Federal House Constituency for the people of Ikwuano who have not enjoyed the dividends of democratic rule since 1999.
Continuing, he said: the beauty of democracy is the pursuit and attainment of institutions and processes that ensure the good of all as opposed to the present practices which has yielded the commonwealth of Abians to a few individuals who now deploy such resources to the detriment of the society.
The time has come for us as a people to call out all those who have weaponised hunger and servitude in our state through the illicit appropriation of our commonwealth and vote them out, to stem further deaths of our pensioners, past years for the death and traumatization of our pensioners and civil servants due to non payment of their pensions, gratuity, salaries and allowances.
He pledged to work assiduously towards a restructured Nigeria, pointing out that “Nigeria must be restructured within the context of true Federalism and economic development realities.
In his words: “It is my desire also that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria be redrawn or amended holistically in such a manner as to be a genuine constitution reflective of the desires of the people and its economic and development aspirations. By so doing, the incessant agitations and calls for session will be fundamentally addressed and rested.
He, implored the people to throw their weights behind him in the course of the election, while recounting that it was also the turn of Ohuhu people to produce the next Federal Legislator in line with the existing zoning arrangements within the Ikwuano/ Umuahia Federal Constituency – noting that were Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be here, he would also insist on Ohuhu getting what is due them at this time.
Responding on behalf of the Kanu family, Chiefs Ohaeri Benjamin and Ikechukwu Ndubueze extolled the virtues of Chief Aguocha and described him as a friend of the family who has stood firmly with their brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu through his travails and recalled his earlier call to the Nigerian Senate in its executive session, to drive a dialogue with Mazi Nmandi Kanu inorder to find amicable solutions fueling the Biafra agitation.
They described him as a great and selfless leader who is dedicated to the service of the people and noted the gains and opportunities presented by his candidacy while praying that God who raises men should raise Aguocha as the people’s representative, especially at this time that the people require a leader not a ruler.
In his speech, the President General of the immediate Afaraukwu community expressed confidence in the ability of Obi Aguocha to be a worthy representative who will champion the people’s course and recalled his past footprints in this regard while also noting his long friendship with the Kanu family and the Afaraukwu Community in general.
Apart from recognizing and appreciating his candidature, special prayers were made at the occassion to seek the grace and favour of God upon this journey to the House Of Representative.
Also in attendance to grace the occasion was, Princess Nnenna Kanu, the eldest daughter of His Royal Majesty, late Eze Israel O. Kanu among others.